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Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Losing the locker room, Pro Bowl head-scratchers, the too-long goodbye

1. The situation appears to be out of control in the Bills' locker room. It was one thing for Mario Williams to sound off about Rex Ryan's defense for the third time this season after Sunday's loss against Washington. With his bloated contract and minimal production, Williams is as good as gone. He had and still has nothing to lose for bashing Ryan. But to hear Preston Brown reveal that defensive signals consistently came in late from the sidelines and Corey Graham talk about repeated confusion in the secondary and cornerback Ronald Darby contradict Ryan's assertion that the defensive backs played with a lack of confidence, you can't help but feel the coach has a fairly large mess on his hands as his team stumbles to its bitterly disappointing finish. Players want to make it as clear as possible that they are not the problem for the dramatic defensive decline from last season, even if that's what Ryan has attempted to sell in the media. The mere fact multiple players are willing to go public, rather than deal with their grievances in private, is a sign of blatant disrespect. You usually don't take on the coach unless you think he either doesn't have the power or the guts to do anything about it. Which is strange, given that Ryan has four years left on his contract after this season. Ryan's response when he meets reporters later this morning will be interesting, to say the least.

2. It's hard to believe anyone would have predicted LeSean McCoy would be the Bills' lone Pro Bowl selection. Richie Incognito, yes. Ronald Darby, for sure. Sammy Watkins, maybe. But McCoy? He had some decent rushing performances that came in the second half of the season. He also did a nice job as a receiver. But to describe McCoy as a Pro Bowler seems a bit of a reach for someone who cracked the 100-yard mark only three times in 12 games. Incognito was one of the best guards in the NFL. Darby established himself as a top cornerback. And Watkins might not have staggering numbers, but he emerged as a legitimate game-breaking threat.

3. The fact the Bills finish the season with two home games is painful -- for the fans who have paid to watch them. The guess here is that many thousands of tickets will go unused. Who wants to sit through Sunday's game between a couple of bad teams going nowhere? And it isn't as if a whole lot of top talent is going to be on display for the Bills or the Cowboys. Between injuries and the likelihood of younger players getting significant playing time to show what they can do in the future, the quality of the action might leave a little (OK, a lot) to be desired. And the worse part is that people with tickets for the Jan. 3 regular-season finale against the New York Jets will get to see more of the same. The obvious difference might be that the game will impact the Jets' postseason chances, thus putting the Bills in a spoiler role against Ryan's previous employer and former Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. But is that really something to get excited about?

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